Pros solid utility vehicle, a bit better gas mileage than 07, great cargo room and flexibility, roomy cabin, quick, responsive handling
Cons ride can be a bit stiff. some road noise seeps in.
Summary I think anyone looking for info on this car should look elsewhere. I think that the reviewers are looking for something in the wrong place. I can appreciate the balanced perspective through most of the review regarding features but I am not sure you would look for tech in a vehicle like this and wonder why it's not there. I would also recommend testing a manual transmission vehicle you may just find a different result in terms of responsiveness. Sure there are some tradeoffs with a vehicle of this type but it's not a muscle car.
Pros gas mileage, resale value, Honda quality, interior space, well good handling vehicle
Cons Poor gas peddle placement, no arm rest, floor mats not standard
Summary They tested an automatic Fit and are disappointed by the 0-60 performance??? What next? The Fit doesn't get 50 mpg and have zero emissions??? It has a class leading 5 speed auto; Yaris makes due with a 4 speed auto, Versa 4 speed too. Did you mention safety? Check all the STANDARD safety features. Check the IIHS ratings.
I had a Black Sport auto (wanted a 5 spd, didn't want to wait for one). Happy with the auto probably more so a 5 spd manual. Averaged 33-36 mpg. Never a problem.
Does it have the power that my Quad Cab Hemi has, um no. Is it a good handling, safe, roomy and economical car. Yes. And it's a Honda.
Car and Driver's 10 Best 2007 and 2008 winner. What else can you say? Uh yea, the dash doesn't display 256 different color combinations, so don't buy it...
The 2009 HOnda Fit promises to be even better.
Pros Affordable, Handles Well, Incredible Cargo Hauler
Cons Hard On The Eyes, Slightly Bumpy Noisy Ride
Summary The Fit was not designed to be fast or high tech. It was designed to be a practical, affordable, reliable ride for people that appreciate such things. I agree Bluetooth integration would be nice and they should have made the radio more swappable, but these are minor quibbles in comparison to the things that this car does amazingly well such as swallow amazing loads and sip fuel. I test drove it and all of its competitors recently such as the Versa and Yaris. The Fit is the best of its breed. Plus, it's a Honda. I have a 1990 Honda Civic, the Fit's Great Uncle, that I drive everyday with 285,000 miles on it. When and if it breaks I'll buy a Fit.
Pros Space, nice interior, good stereo.
Cons floor carpeting needs work, and having to insert your own floor hooks is asinine
Summary My previous car before my 08 Fit Sport was a Nissan Sentra 07, which was a trade in for my 04 Nissan 350z. My Sentra was totaled by a speeding motorcyclist. Which is where my Fit came from. I DO NOT CONSIDER the Honda Fit a sports car.. hell it isn't even listed as one.. Its listed under sub-compact cars. When comparing vehicles you need to take into consideration the vehicle type.. This is one thing Cnet did wrong.. This is NOT a luxury vehicle. It isn't a common sedan, it isn't a SUV, or even a truck. Its a quasi Euro vehicle. (the Yaris is more fitting the bill for Euro look) (Although my taste was for the Smart Car.. but they only come in standard, so far) I test drove a Yaris and a Hyundai Accent, I checked my financing options, I went through word of mouth, I did comparing of the Yaris (Toyota) and Accent (Hyundai). In the end I went with my third choice for finance options, and better deal, as well as fuel economy. The Yaris and Accent post better fuel economies, but if you look at their interiors, the best one out of all of them is the Honda Fit. What I did not like about the Fit was the cheap floor carpeting. Also, having to put in your own hooks for the floor mats was also a turn-off for me. But so far I like it. Although I enjoyed my Sentra better for the interior, the Fit is pretty nice for the price range. About the stereo, its better than the Sentra's in car stereo :P
Pros great gas mileage, small size, huge interior, awesome ability to configure seats, price, maintenance free
Cons Very, very few
Summary CNET should really not review cars. This is an awesome car. I live in DC and was looking for something a little roomier (and more reliable) than my Volkswagen Beetle. I looked at the Toyota Matrix, Scion, and Fit. The Fit won hands down. First, the versatility of the seats is amazing. I have already used all possible configurations and it is just great. I often keep the rear seats folded up to haul around groceries, bikes, or my two dogs. It is so nice to have a small car with four doors too. My large friends fit nicely in the car; my tall, big friend was in the passenger seat this evening and he had no trouble sitting comfortably.
I have a manual and this car is very easy to drive and maneuver through the city. On the highway, this car drives incredibly smooth and quiet; for a small car it feels quite sturdy. I have yet to take it on a really long trip, but around town I'm getting close to 40 mpg on the highway.
You can't beat Honda for building a reliable car. How this car holds up over the next few years will be the true test, but out of the showroom everything has worked flawlessly (as a former Volkswagen owner, this is something I'm still getting used to). I love the feature that tells me when to get the oil changed, and I really love the fact that the car requires virtually no maintenance (other than oil changes and tire rotation) until 100k miles. I went ahead and purchased the 70k warranty, mainly because city driving is very hard on cars. However, I doubt I will need it.
I would recommend getting the Sport, as the cruise control is a nice feature to have on longer hauls.
Very few negatives that I can think of - the only thing I would have liked is a gas tank that locks. Being in DC, I get worried that someone would tamper with the gas tank.
Overall, this is a great little car. For what you pay, you get a high-quality, reliable car that will last for years and not hurt your wallet in terms of gas.